Baggage Shipping to Italy
Italy is a wonderful travel destination full of history, culture, a rich heritage, beautiful scenery and amazing food and drink. It’s a perfect place to go for a cosmopolitan city break, a long relaxing vacation, an adventure vacation and even to live. With scorching temperatures in the summer months, it’s a beach and lake holiday hub. In the winter, when snow covers its mountains, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for an exhilarating ski vacation. In-between the peak seasons why not experience the real Italy by hiking or biking through its awe-inspiring countryside.
Why Ship to Italy?
Whether you’re looking for a break away or hoping to relocate to Italy, you may find yourself needing some extra luggage. It can be expensive to lug around the heavy gear needed for an activity vacation, or to take over a large number of personal possessions. Send My Bag can help you avoid costly airline baggage charges.
Send My Bag can pick up your ski gear or your heavy hiking gear and deliver it to your accommodation in Italy. This means you don’t have to think about checking bags in at the airport or waiting at luggage carousels. Nor will you have to carry heavy items around with you if you take the train across Europe. There are many other items that we can ship for you, such as camping gear, bikes or golf clubs. We aim to make your travel experience pleasurable and take the lug out of luggage!
It's not just vacationers who need to transport several items to Italy. Many students choose to study in Italy for their full course or for just a semester as part of a scheme like Erasmus. Or students might decide to spend their third year abroad teaching English in a school. Students will need to send several bags of their possessions to Italy in order to set up home abroad. This allows them to have many more of their things with them than if they only brought what they could check into the plane's hold (at considerable cost).
Ways of Shipping to Italy
If you are going to Italy for a skiing or golfing vacation, or if you are moving to Italy for work, you will need to transport items. You should look into the various options available for shipping to Italy. Some options will work better for you than others. There are several different options for international shipping to Italy. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to Italy
With Send My Bag you can send your luggage and boxes to Italy. You can save yourself a lot of stress and hassle by sending your possessions with Send My Bag. This will allow you to bring lots of your home comforts to make Italy feel a bit more like home. With your possessions taken care of, you can busy yourself with exploring your new surroundings. Send My Bag has numerous international routes, with great rates for each route, and you can pack up to 66 lbs per item. To discover more about sending luggage to Italy, take a look at our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
send golf clubs to Italy
Italy has lots of great golf clubs to choose from, such as Royal Park I Roveri, Biella and Castelconturbia. You can easily send golf clubs to Italy with Send My Bag. This will make your journey to Italy much more pleasant, since you won’t have to carry large golf bags with you or wait around at bag drop or luggage carousels. You will also avoid any oversized baggage fees from your airline. A game of golf is also so much more enjoyable if you are able to play using your own golf clubs, rather than borrowing some, so consider sending your golf clubs with Send My Bag. Make sure you find out more about how to send golf clubs and how best to parcel up your items.
Send skis to Italy
Part of the Alps is located in Italy, which means that Italy has numerous skiing opportunities, such as Monterosa, Sestriere and Cortina d’Ampezzo. You can send your skis with Send My Bag. This means you won’t need to use rented skis when you are there. It is easy to send your skis, just make sure they are packaged up well and visit Send My Bag to find out how to book a collection. Have a look at our ski shipping information to learn about how to package your skis for transit safely and in line with courier regulations.
Removals to Italy
If you moving to Italy to live there permanently or for a few years of work placements, you will have to look into international removals to Italy in order to transport all of your possessions. Before you have the movers take away your items, ensure that everything is carefully packaged so it won’t get damaged in transit. Use suitable packaging for your items and seal everything up well.
student shipping to italy
If moving to Italy to study, or for a third year abroad, you will need to bring lots of your things with you to help set up a home from home in your student accommodation. You will need textbooks for your course, or teaching materials if you are spending the year as a language assistant. And, you will need all the other everyday essentials, like clothes, CDs and DVDs. Top Italian universities you might decide to study at include Università di Bologna, Politecnico di Milano and Università di Roma. To find out more about student shipping to Italy visit our student shipping page and get your 10% student discount.
Sending a parcel to Italy
You can easily send a parcel to Italy with Send My Bag. This way, friends and family can send you care packages or gifts. Or if you have left something behind, they can put it in a box and send it to you in Italy. You can easily send parcels internationally to Italy with Send My Bag. Make sure you use an appropriate box when sending a parcel to Italy and secure it well with tape so nothing gets damaged in transit. Also make yourself aware of rules relating to personal effects and brand new items (see below). Find out more about how to send a parcel with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
Instead of sending parcels, baggage and luggage to Italy you could investigate the following options for shipping items internationally. These are more relevant if you need to send large, bulky items like a bookcase or a bed:
Air Freight to Italy
You could use air freight to send large items to Italy. It usually takes one to two days for items to be sent with air freight. It is a fast option but it can be expensive. The amount you pay depends on your shipment’s weight and its size. You will probably need to hire a customs agent to deal with customs clearance for you. And, you need to transport your items to and from the airport, somehow. Costs could, therefore, quickly add up. If you send internationally by air freight to Italy your items will likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport or Bergamo Airport.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Italy
You could decide instead to use sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions to Italy. If you don’t need your items straightaway, this could be the option for you, especially if you need to send something like a sofa or a chest of drawers. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to hire a customs agent to help with customs clearance and will need to get your items to and from the ports. Your items will most likely arrive at one of the major sea ports in Italy, such as the Port of Genoa, the Port of Naples or the Port of Venice.
Shipping Goods to Italy
You must make yourself aware of the current customs rules when shipping goods to Italy. You should take into account any customs duties that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Italy, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read on below to find out more in the section entitled ‘What can I send to Italy? What items are restricted?’
Important Italy Customs Information
Italian Passport Holders:
If the Italian Passport holder has been out of Italy due to Work/Study they will need to provide Send My Bag with their Passport, Proof of Entry into Italy (such as a flight ticket) and potentially a confirmation of their work/student enrolment letter & arrival stamp into the visited country if requested by Italian customs. Shipments are typically cleared within 24-48hrs of all documents being supplied and submitted.
If the Italian Passport holder has been out of Italy on Holiday or Vacation they will again need to provide Send My Bag with a copy of their Passport and Entry into Italy (both of which can be uploaded via your Send My Bag account). Shipments in this scenario can only be cleared upon the return of the consignee as dated on the proof of entry.
Non-Italian Passport Holders:
Non-Italian Passport holders will need to provide Send My Bag with their Passport and Proof of Entry (can be provided to us by logging into your account). Send My Bag will then apply for a “Temporary Fiscal Code” from the Italian customs service using an EORI submission which will allow shipments of Personal Effects to enter Italy duty-free. This process usually takes c. 5 days from the date of the shipments arrival into Italy. Shipments can then be released as soon as an EORI code is generated.
If shipments are being delivered to a University or College location, customs may require a copy of the students enrolment letter for duty-free clearance.
General Customs Information
When shipping to Italy you need to be aware of the country’s customs processes and allowances. Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes.
If you are sending Christmas gifts to Italy please make sure you are aware of potential customs duties, that you follow official advice and that you attach all necessary documentation.
Italy’s customs processes and allowances may be different to other countries you have previously sent items to. You should, therefore, take 5 minutes to check how your personal circumstances and what you are sending will be assessed under Italy’s customs regulations.
Once you have booked to send your baggage to Italy you will be taken to the customer area of our website. This is where you will be able to complete your packing list. You should print out two copies and attach them to your luggage. The packing list is a brief statement of the items to be found in your baggage or parcel, intended to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects. The list should be created in the format: "3 x DVDs, 3 x Jeans, 4 x Cotton Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Items".
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 5 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
In addition to these requirements, Send My Bag also prohibits the sending of items certain items, such as aerosols, liquids, money, weapons and other restricted or illegal products. More information can be found in our prohibited items sections further down this page. If you are unsure about any of the items you wish to send to Italy, our team of experts can advise you.
More information is available on our customs information page.
Italian customs have a limit of €45 for shipments of gifts entering the country duty and tax free. Where shipments have a declared value exceeding €45, duty and taxes can be applied to the entire shipments value.
What can I send to Italy? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Italy we prohibit the sending of:
- Airline Tickets.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
Italy has distinct seasons, with hot summers, cool and cold winters (depending on the region) and mild temperatures in spring and autumn. In Italy the main language spoken is Italian, but English is also popular. There is so much to see and do in Italy that it’s hard to know where to start!
The Italian lakes, which include Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda, are celebrity haunts and wonderful family vacation destinations - great if you like to get out and about and explore. If cities are more your thing, Rome is a must, being so full of history. Then you have wonderful Venice with its Grand Canals. Or how about the stylish fashion capital, Milan? And you mustn’t forget the ancient city of Florence!
If getting out and about is more your thing, put your hiking boots on or get on your bike and explore Italy’s wonderful countryside, from the picturesque region of Tuscany - a fine food hotbed - to the rugged Amalfi Coast with hiking and trekking around Cinque Terre. In winter you mustn’t forget about the top ski resorts in Italy, including Cervinia, Passo Tonale, Livigno and Alagna.